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SPAP Board of Directors

President | Courtney Bishop

Courtney has been a member of the SPAP Board of Directors since 2012, first as the Student Representative, then Secretary,  President-Elect and now President. She is a 2013 graduate from Chatham University’s Physician Assistant program in Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2013, Courtney has worked in the Orthopaedics Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she is also a member of the APP Advisory Council. She is also a preceptor for Ohio Dominican University’s PA program. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, traveling, and supporting her favorite sports teams including the Columbus Crew, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Tottenham Hotspur.

Past President | Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth is a 2006 graduate of Baylor College of Medicine’s PA Program. Since graduation, she has worked in pediatric critical care at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is now also on the core faculty at Baylor’s PA program and directs the didactic and clinical pediatric curriculum. She served on the Bright Futures Expert Panel with the American Academy of Pediatrics whose work involved creation of the 4th edition of the Bright Futures Guidelines. Her professional interests include breastfeeding education, child safety, child development, and promotion of well-child care. She lives in Houston with her husband and four young children.

President Elect | Heather Gilbreath

Heather Gilbreath is a 2006 graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Physician Assistant Program where she has also served as a Clinical Instructor since 2010. She is employed in the Neurology Clinic at Children’s Health Dallas where she cares for patients with neuromuscular disorders and serves at the Neuromuscular Clinical Coordinator. In 2013, Heather received the Children’s Medical Center Advanced Practice Professional award for her efforts in education and advocacy.

Treasurer | Brent smith

Brent attended Emory University for PA school and graduated in 2006.  Before PA school he taught various science classes and coached baseball, football and wrestling at Massanutten Military Academy (Woodstock, VA), Riverside Military Academy (Gainesville, GA) and Lumpkin County Highschool (Dahlonega, GA)  He also held an EMT license in Virginia and served as a volunteer and worked in several different emergency departments as an ED tech. 

Secretary | Tara Harkins

Tara currently works at Texas Children’s Hospital within the trauma surgery department. She started working at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2016 after graduating from the Mercer University Physician Assistant Program in Atlanta, Georgia. In January 2018, she completed the Texas Children’s Hospital Surgical PA Fellowship, a one year program that allowed her to rotate through numerous surgical subspecialties. The experience was very beneficial for her current position within the trauma department as the majority of the patients require multidisciplinary care. Tara joined SPAP in 2016 and was a Member-at-Large for two years before recently transitioning into the position of secretary. Tara is originally from the Washington DC area and enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with her family and fiancĂ©.

Member at Large | Susan E. Kirk

Susan is a 2008 graduate from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program. Since then, she has practiced in pediatric hematology/oncology, initially at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and currently at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. Susan obtained her CAQ in pediatrics in 2018 and now serves on the NCCPA Pediatrics CAQ Exam Materials Development Committee as an item writer. Her professional interests include sharing her passion for hematology with medical learners and conducting clinical research.

Member at Large | Kristy luciano

Kristy Luciano is an Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education in the Physician Assistant Program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois.  She has been a certified PA since 1999 and has practiced primarily in outpatient pediatrics.

Student Member | Morgan Dailey

Morgan is a dual MSPH/PA student at Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC), where she serves as the class president. She will graduate from the PA program in July 2020. Morgan has a strong interest in pediatric quality improvement assessment. In addition to clinical practice in pediatrics, her dream would be able to help determine ways to make a pediatric patient’s inpatient experience less intimidating and more comfortable. Over the last two years, Morgan has been actively engaged in policy and advocacy efforts for the PA profession at the state and national levels. Prior to PA school, Morgan worked as a medical assistant in an outpatient pediatrics office, which is where she truly fell in love with advocacy. Most patients patients at the pediatrics office were from low socioeconomic backgrounds, because most local pediatrics offices chose to stop accepting Medicaid patients. Her mission is to look at each child she works for, eye-to-eye, and make sure that they know that they are cared for and valued. Outside of her studies, Morgan enjoys photography and spending time with family. 

AAPA-AAP Liaison | Brian Wingrove

Brian is a past-president of SPAP and is currently serving as the AAPA’s liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Brian has practiced in pediatrics since graduating from the Duke PA Program in 1999. He worked in primary care for 6 years, and has been at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta practicing in pulmonary diseases for the last 13 years, where he also is PRN staff in the urgent care network. Brian is a PALS instructor, volunteers at asthma camp, and coordinates student rotations within his practice. He is a scifi geek whose 3 cats are named after Star Trek characters. He also enjoys birdwatching, gardening and traveling.

About us

A non-profit specialty organization of AAPA. The Society created for PAs, PA residents & students, affiliate & associate individuals who share a common interest in the art of pediatric medicine.

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The Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics 
P. O. Box 90434 
San Antonio, TX 78209

Tel.: (210) 624-8215

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